Nature is never far away in Finland, not even in Helsinki. Whether it’s a relaxing walk in Viikki Arboretum’s silent forest or enjoying Vanhankaupunginlahti’s white flowing waters, visitors can find them both just 15-minutes from the city centre.
If you’re into fishing, Pornaistenniemi peninsula is a great place to try to catch some salmon or trout. Just be early; the bay is always full of fishermen and the best spots are taken first. In the winter, the steam rushing up from the almost frozen rapids makes ice-fishing an almost magical experience. An essential part of the Finnish countryside landscape is cows. These calm and gentle animals have been chewing the cud since the 16th century in Viikki’s Latokartano. Nowadays, Helsinki University’s education and research unit continues the farm work in Viikki, where over a hundred heads of cattle sunbathe and dine on the fields, shouting out friendly moos to visitors.
Helsinki is a modern, pocket-sized European city known for design and high technology. Helsinki’s attractive and unique character comes from its proximity to the sea, as well as its location between the East and the West.
If you enjoy listening to the hum of flowing water, then the terraces of both the Museum of Technology and Koskenranta restaurant will be perfect for you.
PS. The rapids of Vanhankaupunginlahti and the whole bay area offer many sweet spots for fishermen trying their luck catching trout and salmon.
LET THE PATH TAKE YOU AWAY
Pornaistenniemi nature path is the best way to experience the Viikki area. The wooden pathways, trails and cycle paths cover the area thoroughly and offer a great escape from busy urban life. Viikki Arboretum, a 20-hectare tree park with over 300 species, is a perfect spot for taking a deep breath of fresh forest air, while listening to birds sing and leaves rustle. To catch a glimpse of the fauna of the area, there are six bird observation towers that offer amazing panoramas.
CHOOSE YOUR WAY
The wooden pathways can take you on a relaxing journey through fields and forests to the Finnish countryside. It is a relaxing way to spend a sunny afternoon!
CHEWING THE CUD
Viikki cows are friendly and they stay out in the fields throughout the summer, as well as during autumn so long as it’s warm enough.
The six bird observation towers are perfect for spotting rare species and appreciating the beautiful landscape.
In a country where people move en masse to the countryside in the summer and where forest coverage is 75%, it's no wonder ecological tourism has taken off so rapidly and steadily. Old farms are opening their doors to visitors from all over the world and their organic food can be gobbled or just nibbled while watching sheep pasturing in a green meadow.